By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Carlos Sanchez will face his toughest test to date on paper when he faces gatekeeper Jesus Cruz Bibiano.
The six-round bout will take place at the Industry Hills Expo Center in the Los Angeles suburb of La Puente.
Sanchez (17-0, 16 knockouts) has put together an unbeaten record over modest opposition since turning pro almost three years ago. The 23-year-old from San Felipe, Mexico is managed by Cameron Dunkin.
In his last bout on July 20, Sanchez knocked out veteran Brian Jones in the sixth round in nearby El Monte.
Sanchez has stopped his last eight opponents, but Cruz has performed well in recent fights, winning three of his last five bouts.
Cruz (18-13, 10 KOs), who resides in Acapulco, Mexico, won a six-round unanimous decision over prospect Abraham Lopez on Nov. 3.
In his previous fight on Apr. 20, Cruz scored a split-decision victory over previously-unbeaten Humberto Velasquez.
Featherweight Adan Ochoa (7-1, 4 KOs), who has won his last five bouts, will square off against Edgar Cantu (7-5-2, 1 KO) in a six-round bout.
In junior lightweight action, Francisco Ochoa (12-0, 7 KOs) will face veteran Mike Fowler (6-18, 2 KOs), who has lost his last eight fights, in a six-round bout.
Hard-hitting featherweight Recky Dulay (11-4, 8 KOs) of the Philippines will square off against Israel Mercado (6-0, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout.
Heavyweight Nick Jones (7-1, 5 KOs) will face Rodney Hernandez (11-7-2, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
The ‘Road to Glory’ card will be promoted by Red Boxing International.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing